Friday, April 18, 2014

New Schumacher Chiang Mai Dragon Colorways for 2014: Ebony, Smoke, and Jade

Have you heard? Schumacher has just released three new colorways of their iconic Chiang Mai Dragon fabric.

First, we have Ebony. The vibrant accent colors really pop off the black background.

Schumacher Chiang Mai Dragon Ebony
For those who love the movement of the Chiang Mai pattern but want to keep things neutral color-wise, we now have a “grayscale” version – Smoke!

Schumacher Chiang Mai Dragon Smoke
And for those of us who can’t get enough of green, the color of spring (which is finally here in the Midwest, although it did snow earlier this week), there is Jade. Green and pink are so preppy together, don’t you think?

Schumacher Chiang Mai Dragon Jade
I found out about the new colorways a couple weeks ago from my favorite high-end fabric vendor, Jane from TwentyOne7.com. It’s not often that you order from an online company and the owner is the one calling you or emailing you to follow up on your order, or giving you a heads up about new products coming out. Her customer service is amazing! (Update: I almost forgot to mention that her prices are better than any other online company I've found on high-end fabrics. Great service, and great prices to boot!)

For anyone who isn’t able to purchase “to the trade,” Jane can get you most any high-end fabric that you’re looking for, even if it’s not listed on her website. Just tell her I sent you!

I can’t wait until I get my hot little hands on the new Chiang Mai Dragon colorways so I can whip up some pillow covers and add them to my Etsy shop! If you’d like me to put you on the waiting list for a pillow cover, let me know.

Or, if the classic Alabaster colorway still floats your boat, you can purchase it from Stuck on Hue today!

Schumacher Chiang Mai Dragon Alabaster - decorative pillow cover - Etsy Stuck on Hue - front view
Which of the new colorways is your favorite?

Hollie

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Announcing “Stuck on Hue,” my new Etsy shop

From your perspective, things may have been quiet here at I’m Busy Procrastinating headquarters for a while, but behind-the-scenes, things have been happening. It started out innocent enough. I dusted the cobwebs off my sewing machine to make myself a blue velvet pillow. I figured if I make my own pillows, I can afford to have new pillows more often. If you ask Jason or Zachary, this house is not in need of any more decorative pillows. But you and I know they’re wrong. One can never have enough different choices of decorative pillows at one time. So I made that blue velvet pillow. And it is gorgeous. But I didn’t stop there.

As soon as the one pillow cover was finished, I was ready to make more. A couple relatives on Facebook even suggested I could start selling. Of course, I was already thinking that, but it took a few days for Jason to see the potential.

Meanwhile, in the quest of finding the perfect inspiration fabric for my living room, I found a few that were potentials for my home but I wasn’t sure that any of them were just right. Hmm … wouldn’t it be convenient if I had an excuse to buy fabrics whenever I want, and test them out as pillows in my own home if I so choose? Why yes!

And suddenly a business was born.

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I love to research and source things online, so I’ve been busily looking at thousands of fabrics, and choosing which ones to open my shop with. Thankfully Pinterest allows “secret boards” so that I can easily keep track of which fabrics I like, but everyone else doesn’t get inundated with them in their feeds. I am at that excitable stage where I just want to buy EVERYTHING! I’m trying to hold myself back … because it all adds up quickly. But you never know what will resonate with people, so I tried to get a selection of a several different fabrics to begin with.

Jason helped me come up with the shop name and figure out pricing. Once I got all my sample pillow covers made and photographed, Etsy made it easy to get everything set up and open the shop. Stuck on Hue officially debuted a week ago. Below is a screenshot showing a few of the pillow designs currently available.

StuckOnHue on Etsy screenshot

I was making dinner a couple days ago when my smartphone made a cash register sound.  I have some crazy notification sounds on my phone, but that was one I hadn’t heard before. It was my Etsy app notifying me of my first sale! And it was for TWO pillows! Woo-hoo! I may have run around the house announcing it and doing a happy dance. (Be glad you didn’t have to see that.)

Please stop by the shop and have a look around. I can do custom orders anytime, too, if you have a particular fabric in mind. I’m also happy to help people source fabrics if they don’t know what’s out there but can give me some direction on colors, style, etc.

I’ll be posting new products and styling ideas via my Stuck on Hue Facebook page, so give it a “like” if you want to keep updated. And if you know anyone who might be in the market for decorative pillows, please send them my way!

Hollie

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

A big announcement teaser

I am the worst at blogging. It's not that I have writer's block. In fact, my brain comes up with more ideas than I know what to do with. But I'm so bad at stopping to share things. I think if I had an assistant who would do the photo editing and prettifying for me, I could at least get myself to write more often. But, alas, it's just me, so you get what you get. Ha ha.

Believe it or not, I have NOT been busy procrastinating. I've been busy DOING! I know, it's still shocking to me too. Those who follow me on Instagram may have noticed (three weeks ago ... I told you I was bad about sharing here) that things of the sewing variety were going on.



I have a big announcement related to that topic, which I will save for my next post, because I know it will take me forever to put it together and I've got to at least get this teaser published. Because if it's out there, I have to follow up with the details very soon or you guys might hunt me down. Or at least I hope you will, because I depend on you to hold me accountable.

In the mean time, please wait at the edge of your seats, because I know you have nothing better to do. ;)

Hollie

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Snag a piece of art from Marlien Rentmeester’s home

Marlien Rentmeester of LE CATCH has impeccable taste in clothes and home decor. Check out her fashion blog or her home tour on Refinery 29 for proof. Swoon.

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Want to mimic her style? One Kings Lane is offering Alexander Calder’s “Bubbles” print in a black frame, seen above in Rentmeester’s living room. Actually I wouldn’t mind gifting myself several pieces from OKL’s collection called “The Art Shop.” I especially love Jen Garrido’s abstract pieces. What’s your favorite?

 

Hollie

Friday, January 3, 2014

Searching for an inspiration fabric

Remember a certain pattern by Schumacher that had everyone aflutter in 2011?

Schumacher_Chiang_Mai_Dragon_Pillow_Cover_Alabaster

It’s our good friend, Chiang Mai Dragon. Sometimes I have no idea why certain things gain popularity, but in this case, it’s justified. Not only does the pattern include lots of varied shapes, but there are quite a few colors within the print to keep the eye moving as well. A pattern like this is a great start to a room design because you can go so many directions with pillows, curtains, rugs, accessories, etc. In fact, my favorite TV designer, Sarah Richardson, did just that in a bachelor pad loft makeover.

Even though Chaing Mai Dragon is so 2011, it would look great in my living room today. In fact, I have spent too many hours the past couple days scouring Etsy, Ebay and other sources for a good deal on a Chiang Mai Dragon pillow. Sometimes it’s worth coughing up more money than usual when you find the perfect item. In my case, I change my mind too frequently, so I hesitate to pull the trigger on the dragon fabric for my own use.

Unfortunately there aren’t any fabrics I can find that meet the criteria I’m looking for. The main colors should be black, white and blue (preferably royal or navy). Other colors could be included but only in addition to the main three. Seriously, people, this seems to be an impossible request.

I’m a big fan of Bluebellgray’s Abstract print, but there’s way too much pink/purple to fly around here. The search goes on.


Do you have an inspiration fabric in your home that you built a room or color scheme around? I’d love to hear about why it stood out to you. And if you come across what you think may be the perfect fabric for me, please send details my way!

Hollie
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